Compound Found in Tomatoes Can Help to Prevent Vascular Diseases

Tomatoes are the most commonly grown fruit worldwide and Japanese scientists have found that tomatoes have a nutrient that could prevent the development of vascular diseases. The study shows that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, a compound found in tomatoes, has anti-dyslipidemic affects. The researchers focused on extracts that deal with dyslipidemia, a condition that’s a result of an abnormal amount of lipids, like fat or cholesterol, in the blood stream.[1]

No symptoms are usually caused by dyslipidemia itself; however, it could cause symptomatic vascular diseases, like cirrhosis and arteriosclerosis. It’s important to avoid an increased build-up of lipids to be able to prevent these diseases. Many health beneficial compounds have already been identified in tomatoes.

The researchers focused on 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid in this study in order to evaluate its potential anti-dyslipidemia properties.

They found that the compound enhanced fatty acid oxidation as well as contributed to hepatic lipid metabolism regulation. These results indicate that 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid possesses anti- dyslipidemia properties and can consequently help prevent vascular diseases.

Discovering a compound in foodstuffs that helps prevent obesity-related chronic diseases is a huge advantage in dealing with these diseases. This means that tomatoes make it possible for individuals to easily manage the start of dyslipidemia by way of their daily diet.

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